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DWTS All-stars Step Out of Their Comfort Zones in Week 4

The stars and pros stepped out of their comfort zones this week, tackling unfamiliar dance styles with varying results…

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The stars and pros stepped out of their comfort zones this week, tackling unfamiliar dance styles with varying results. Last week’s twist was that the couples got to assign seldom-seen or new-to-the-show dance styles to their competitors. Watching the rehearsal footage, it was clear that some of the pros were more stressed than others when it came to choreography.

Louis and Sabrina had no trouble embracing their disco theme, and lit up the floor with a dance that was vibrant, fun, and full of flashy lifts. Ditto for Derek and Shawn, who scored three 10s for their perfect mambo.  I mean,  those two are scary good.

The biggest surprise of the night came from Peta and Gilles, who scored the first 10s of the season with their Bollywood style routine to “Jai Ho” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Later, a slip and a fall threw Karina for a loop during her hip-hop number with Apolo. They quickly got back on track, but Karina burst into tears at the end of the dance, thinking she’d let her partner down.

Guest judge Paula Abdul brought her own special brand of unpredictability to the night’s proceedings, including a pretty good impression of Bruno Tonioli.

Dance of the Night: Kelly and Val’s contemporary dance to Coldplay’s “Fix You.” First of all, try dancing barefoot with a broken toe. Next, try to execute a challenging routine in a style you’ve never done before. The dance was not perfect, but the couple delivered a moving, powerful, and beautiful performance that spoke volumes about being vulnerable, and also supporting each other. Len said Kelly was “the biggest revelation” for him this season, and Carrie Ann praised her for being truly in touch with her raw emotion, adding, “it was stunning.”  After last night,  I really want Val to give Kelly the final rose.

One to watch: Melissa Rycroft. She makes every dance look elegant and effortless, and she reminds me of a young Mary Tyler Moore. Teamed up with her former partner Tony Dovolani, she’s been a strong contender out of the gate this season, consistently landing near the top of the leader board. I expect to see a “breakout” performance from her very soon.

Who’s in trouble: The sad reality is, no one is safe. Viewers vote to keep their favorites, regardless of how well they dance. However, since some couples made mistakes last night, their fans may have been more motivated to “save” them by picking up the phone. We’ll find out soon enough.

Best moment: Before receiving her scores, Kelly Monaco made a lovely statement about her experiences on DWTS: “This show has absolutely nothing to do with dancing. It’s about the journey, the friendships, the relationships that you make, finding self- confidence and inner worth, and trusting the people that you’re with.”

Quotable quote: “She started off like Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain, and ended up like Shelley Winters in the Poseidon Adventure.” -Bruno, on Kirstie’s Charleston.

Scores:
Gilles & Peta 39.5 (tie)
Shawn & Derek 39.5 (tie)
Kelly & Val 37.5
Melissa & Tony 37
Emmitt & Cheryl 36
Sabrina & Louis 35.5
Apolo & Karina 34.5
Bristol & Mark 32
Kirstie & Maks 30

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You Can Actually Watch Joe Exotic’s Entire Three-Way Wedding On YouTube!

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The wild life of Joe Exotic is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Hey all you cool cats and kit…oh can’t possibly start a story about Joe Exotic with that greeting. Let’s try again.

Hey all you Tiger King super fans! You’ve binged the Netflix docu-series more times than Joe Exotic curses Carole “F***ing” Baskin and yet you still can’t get enough of the sequined clad, mullet sporting, oddly pierced, “tiger king.” Well luckily for us it seems like there is no shortage of big-cat-content in sight. Netflix just announced that another episode of the hit docu-series will be airing soon. There is a scripted film adaption of the docu-series already in the works. And most recently, there has been talk of a documentary about the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s first husband being produced. This is great news for those of us who wait for Tiger King updates like they are a truck filled with expired Walmart meat, but is there anything that can hold us over in the meantime? As a matter of fact there is.

Fans of the series have done some digging and found the actual footage from Joe Exotic’s three-way wedding. The wedding between Joe and his partners John Finlay and Travis Maldonado. The wedding where all three grooms wore matching bright pink shirts and white corsages. The wedding which made the ordained minister herself catch a case of the giggles. The wedding I WISH I was invited to! The wedding video was posted on Joe Exotic’s YouTube channel back in 2014, shortly after the ceremony and has since racked up over 227,000 views. If you’ve watched the series (who hasn’t?!) you’ll remember that this polyamorous marriage unfortunately did not last and Joe is currently married to a young man named Dillon Passage. No footage of the wedding between Joe and Dillon has surfaced yet but you can bet I have my google alerts set.

Joe Exotic is still serving a 22-year sentence for falsifying wildlife records, violating the Endangered Species Act by killing five tiger cubs and federal charges for a murder-for-hire scheme where he targeted arch-nemesis Carole Baskin…who was the only thing missing from another wise perfect wedding video. Joe was recently transferred from an Oklahoma prison to a Texas prison-medical center after being exposed to the coronavirus.

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home

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Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

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Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!

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Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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Foodies Rejoice! You Can Build Your Breakfast With This New Lego Waffle Maker

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Finally an excuse to play with your food.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but maybe it can be the most fun too? Well there is a new kitchen gadget in the works that would definitely bring creativity to your morning routine. The Building Brick Waffle Maker turns ordinary waffle batter into interlocking building blocks so you can construct your own carb castle. The waffle maker makes 14 bricks at a time so there are plenty of pieces to play with. The company behind the maker also produces construction plates that make for the perfect base for your waffle creation.

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If you’re hankering for a waffle brick you might have to wait just a little bit longer sadly. The maker launched on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $7,500. At the time of writing this, the Kickstarter is up to a whopping $77,000! That’s a lot of legos! According to the site, pledging $50 will get you one waffle maker, $75 will get you one waffle maker and two construction plates, $95 will get you two waffle makers, and $100 will get you one waffle maker and four construction plates – all of which will be delivered in August 2020.

Maybe it’s time to Leggo the Eggo and start making waffle creations at home!

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